Begin your India travels with good karma! Stay at our clean, comfortable, classy budget suite, in an elegant home, at Mumbai's most convenient central suburb!
KARMA is a twin-bedded, budget suite in Chembur. It has air-conditioning, hot water, wi-fi, a private bath, secure wardrobes, desk and chair, in a tastefully-designed, super-clean apartment. The suite has an extra open-out sofa-bed and hot water kettle (tea, coffee, milk powder, biscuits/crackers and toiletries form the welcome package).
KARMA is in a fully furnished and serviced designer apartment that has elevator access, 24 hr security, a lush garden below (we grow our own fruits and vegetables, organically!) in a premium area of Chembur.
Guests can access common areas of the apartment which include a beautiful, spacious, open-plan living-dining-kitchen TV room, and balcony with good views beyond. They are also welcome to hang out on the spacious rooftop terrace with its veggie garden, and a private lawn (with a swing and climbing frame for kids) in the building compound. So much private space is rare in Mumbai, and the property is pretty unique in this city...
Interaction with Guests
When I'm not traveling myself, I would be there to meet you and introduce you to Mumbai - the magnificent and sometimes exasperating city I call home! I have enjoyed the company of many of my guests and like to host decent, interesting folks who know how to enjoy the good life. If I am not there, be sure that I will have a very reliable and friendly person to host you in my place – and will be in email contact throughout.
This is a safe and convenient neighborhood with nearly 15 banks and ATMs on our street alone. For some reason several spas have come up - there are 3 within a two minute walk away. Besides banks and spas, we've got a Costa Coffee across the street, a Barista's down the street, and very good restaurants (North Indian, South Indian, Coastal and Continental), a new wine lounge and lots of shopping options nearby.
There are autorickshaws outside the gate, a taxi stand and bus stop opposite the house, and train station seven minutes walk away. A new road connects Chembur to South Mumbai by elevated freeway to get you there in 15 minutes. A new monorail goes to Central Mumbai, and will soon touch South Mumbai. The city's first metro now links Chembur to the western suburbs…and there’s more to come as this new city centre is very well connected for access to all parts of the metropolitan area.
Other Things to Note
*** I have two suites and three studios in Chembur. If this one is reserved, please check for availability in the others…....
Dining-in – There are lots of dining options and I encourage you to eat out and try India’s varied and wonderful cuisines. If however you are at least two guests in your party and prefer home-cooked meals, I can hire a cook to make your meals at a nominal cost.
Airport Pickup/Dropoff – If you are familiar with the city and its interesting taxi drivers, I recommend you refer to the detailed house directions on your reservation to get here on your own. However, if this is your first time in Mumbai and/or you are arriving at night and/or you do not speak the local language, and especially if you are a single woman, please use our airport pick up service. For a reasonable $30 charge to cover our time and travel costs, you will be met by a reliable friend of mine who will bring you directly to your suite by ac taxi, saving all of us a whole lot of stress. I cannot tell you how many times I have received frantic calls from guests who land up jet-lagged at the airport at 3 am to realize that there are no GPS-enabled taxis in Mumbai, the taxi drivers do not speak English and can be very rude, and that they are well and truly lost in the middle of the night (A useful tip: In India we use landmarks and directions from locals, not maps, to find our way.)
Other Services - We have folks on call who provide Ayurvedic massages, Mehendi Applications, Beauty Treatments, and Indian Cooking Classes at nominal costs. Also, I stock menus of all the nearby restaurants so you can make yourself cozy at home and just order in!
What's really not done….
Bringing in day/night visitors
Using the room for work/any commercial purpose
Engaging in any illegal activity
Leaving an unholy mess behind :-)
Staying with Mandy and her family was the best decision we made in Mumbai. Mandy is dynamic, funny and is a virtual encyclopedia on India. I highly recommend her cooking class. Chembur was the perfect location for us- more relaxed than the south, lots of good restaurants, and just an affordable taxi ride or authentic train ride to the city! We really liked the food at Grand Central nearby. We would have missed out on SO much had we stayed anywhere else.
This was my second booking with Mandy, (I booked for a friend I was traveling with) and the experience we all had was great!
Mandy was a truly excellent host and her home is, well - a home away from home - such a lovely place to relax with loads of supertasty restaurant reccomendations nearby / late night coffee shop opposite / wonderfully friendly staff to look after you in Mandy's home / hot water showers / close to the airport (30 mins tax, if that, for a dawn flight) / Mumbai mono-rail close-by (10 mins walk) and a leafy balcony for a cool evening beer. What else could we ask for?... To be able to come back when we return to Mumbai! Many Thanks Mandy - you are also welcome in London any time!
Mandy was a truly excellent host. Communication was fast, friendly and efficient. She was very helpful; talking to her was a huge pleasure and she provided insight into Mumbai and India. Her apartment is beautifully decorated and well equipped. It is located in the friendly and well-connected suburb of Chembur. We wanted to visit both South Mumbai as well as a friend’s house in the suburb of Thane. Both places were easily reachable from Chembur by train or alternatively by taxi. I can only recommend staying with Mandy even though it might be a bit more expensive than other options in Mumbai.
I had a wonderful stay at Mandy's place. Mandy is a great host. Her apartment is very clean and well maintained. The location is fantastic and is one of the best areas of Chembur. If I go to Mumbai again, I will surely stay at Mandy's place again.
Nice and uncomplicated stay at mandys home. Only stayed there for 2 nights, room was clean and mandy was helpful were to go, how to get there and where to get good food.
Mandy is a super lovely, nice and kind host! I had so much fun with her, talking about everything: she has a lot of interests thet she loves to share, and also she is a great listener!! She provides for everything you need, from fresh fruits to adyurvedic massage, from maps of the city to useful suggestions to survive the city!
The house is very beautiful and big, it is located in a really quiet, nice and safe neighbourhood (Chembur)!! The apartment is very spacious, with all the comfots you need, and very well furnished! The room with attached bathroom is very clean and the lovely Sid (the house maid) cleans it everyday and provides for new sheets and towels every 2 days! Also the terrace that Mandy uses for her plants is such a beautiful green corner to spend sometimes relaxing after spending time in the busy city of Mumbai!
Is not easy in Mumbai to find such a nice, clean and safe place to live! I am already missing Mandy and her smile! ;)
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Hi there, I'm Mandy - never-say-die globe trotter and inveterate rolling stone - former journalist, designer, management professional, academic and entrepreneur - to name a few :-) I'm also a greenie, and have a little organic farm on my terrace in Mumbai that keeps me grounded when I'm not traveling! Besides travel, I enjoy the good life, great music, soul-stirring movies, awesome literature and inspiring company - the last item being the reason I've been an airbnb host since 2009 :-)
I have homes in India and the US, so catch me wherever...and know that even if I'm not home when you visit, I'd have a reliable and friendly person hosting for me. My homes are clean, comfortable and conveniently located - five listings in Mumbai (same location - good for group reservations) and two in upstate NY (same location).
IMPORTANT: Please see photos, descriptions, and previous guest reviews before contacting me, to save our time. Also, know that I may simply not respond if:
a) you have a blank profile
b) you seem to be email bombing many hosts to begin a price war
c) you have no introductions, verifications or reviews, are quite mysterious about your purpose of visit, but still want me to rendezvous with you somewhere and take you - a complete and utter stranger - back to my home for a viewing of the room :-)
That having been said, I'm glad to answer GENUINE inquiries from GOOD FOLKS! And if you end up being my guest, will gladly go out of my way to make your stay a GREAT experience :-)